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As a founding country, that helped to write the U.N charter, Canada was obligated by treaty to come to the aid of Korea.

Canada's military role in Korea was quite large, with all arms being involved. Canadian air force squadrons flew combat patrols and fought air battles with both North Korean and Communist Chinese air craft. They had a good reputaion as aggessive and effective air fighters.

The Royal Canadian Navy operated coastal patrols with RCN destroyers and mine sweepers doing good work against the North Korean navy. HMCS Haida sank four shios and destroyed two TRAINS, with gunfire from off shore.

The Canadian Army provided combat infantry battalions, along with armoured units, artillery batteries and engineer units. They fought as a part of the Commonwealth Brigade, with the British, Australians, New Zealanders, and South Africans.

The Second Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry received a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for rescuing a USMC battalion that was cut off and surrounded by enemy forces. They are the ONLY foreign military force to be so honoured.

Korea is known, in Canada, as the Forgotten War, but not to those who served there.

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